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Hunting has changed through the Years

We at Shotem and Caughtem always giggle when we hang out with the older generation of hunters.  "Back when I was a boy...." can both trigger a great eye role or have us come to the edge of our seats.  We have discussed before how things have changed when it comes to properties available to hunt just in our few decades of hunting.  However, we recently came upon an article about how deer populations have changed and it got us to thinking about a subject we have yet to approach.  

Deer Hunting Populations and Conservation

The news story started like this:

There was a time when a deer was a rare sight in much of the state (Mississippi).

“I can remember my grandfather, when I was little, got a phone call. Somebody had seen a deer track at deer camp,” said Chad Dacus, wildlife bureau director at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Every available member of the hunting club was summoned to help find the animal. After much effort it was shot and ceremoniously butchered.

“When he came home, he had a little plastic bag of deer meat. Everybody at the camp got a little bit,” Dacus said. “That was really special.”

Oh How Hunting Has Changed

They speak in the article how populations have grown as well as technology advances that have made hunting less of a chore.  We however beg to differ.  Though deer populations have grown and technology has increased our ability to obtain information on how to land the big one, the core of values and the time outdoors is what is at the heart of the article.  This is what we feel has not been handed down to the next generation.  Too much time spent doing too many other things and not getting back to appreciating what we have been given.  The outdoors can make a wonderful place to explore and spend quality time with friends and family.

Stories from the Hunting and Fishing Community

The basic premise behind what we are trying to accomplish at Shotem and Caughtem is beginning to bring our community together.  Share not only our knowledge and adventures but to create a place to help share the outdoor spirit.  Begin a dialogue with not only the older generations but a fun place to share for the younger generation.  As the other social networks expand and change we feel our network will grow and become more of a mainstay in the outdoor community.  We hope you will come and help us build the best hunting and angling community on the world wide web.  We can't grow and survive without you.

 

 

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We at Shotem and Caughtem love fishing.  Some of the best spots to catch fish we have found are the little honey holes located on ranches and farms all over the nation.  The only hard part to this equation is getting the nerve to ask permission to access some of these hidden gems.  While many ranches and farms are leased for hunting, many ranch and farm ponds go decades without even having a line dropped in the water.  We feel it is the last great hidden gem and ponds/watersheds like this have gone unfished for decades.  Many times this equals big fish stocked by Mother Nature.  Here are some tips on how we have gained access to some of the best untouched fishing spots around the country.

For the last decade farmers and ranchers have been bombarded by people asking permission to hunt or lease their property.  Many have ruined the old school way we were able to access these great waters.  When I first got addicted to the Shotem and Caughtem lifestyle a nice smile, and giving the landowner some food or drink was all you needed to gain access to great ponds.  Those days are long gone.  Most ranches and farms now supplement their incomes with leasing out property to hunters but not many people want to fish these properties.  So how do we get access?

As always much of this can be a who you know kind of scenerio.  You might have a family member or friend that could act as your broker to access your ability to get to a hidden gem.  We have found that good old fashioned hard work and sweat are the best way to gain access.  Many ranch and farm owners are starting to get older.  They find that many of the chores they did around the farm are getting hard to do.  With their limited income in their later years they can not afford to hire someone to get things done.  

Enter eager fisherman.  Many of the great spots we have had the opportunity to get access to have come from us doing the things that need to be done in exchange for some quality time at their watersheds.  We use google maps to find great watersheds, county maps and parcel information to get the names of the owners and then track them down through different means of public records.  A simple phone call can answer many questions as to whether you might gain access.  Do not lead with I want access to your watershed.  It might take you a couple of visits to gain the trust of the landowner and some extra work to show you are on the up and up.  Many afternoon days are too hot for good fishing.  Early morning and nights are the best times.  It works out perfect.  We show up early get a couple hours of fishing in then work mid morning til mid afternoon then back to the watershed.  We get access to great spots and the landowner gets some help around the property.  Win, Win!

Let us know how you get access to your favorite watershed in the comment section below and share your monster fish photos in the Caughtem gallery and tell us your story.  Happy Fishing!